Ant OP wrote (edited )

Scenes of Subjection: Terror, Slavery, and Self-making in Nineteenth Century America was a very important intervention of its time. It's linked in w/decolonial.

She recently wrote a book called Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments: Intimate Histories of Social Upheaval can be found on epub on b-ok and pdf also on aaaaarg

I also recently posted her short piece The Anarchy of Colored Girls Assembled in a Riotous Manner

And here's a video with her in conversation with Fred Moten that I posted recently

It's tough to know which to recommend first, probably Scenes of Subjection


Reply to comment by Ant in Happy dead Mussolini day everyone by Ant

Ant OP wrote

A surgeon carefully and deliberately mutilates unconscious people.

I don't think that this is what surgeons do

We take things like food security for granted, back then homelessness, humiliation, and starvation were tangible threats.

This is not true for most people I know. probably for most people
I'm very interested to know who the 'we' you're talking about is


Ant OP wrote

State forms scare me. So I think that when we look at the history of maroon communities that are actually able to create those complicated state forms, they are in a domain of politics where they are involved in these 'treaty-forms' slaveholding powers so, for me, the petit-marronage is actually more consonant with my own thinking about a history of anarchist projects which have always described how we have lived. The decentred, 'headless' societies - and it seems that there's a kind of potentiality there as opposed to making an alternative that has to be legible within the terms of the given; like "Our policy to counter their policy".

Hartman, approx 59 mins in


Ant wrote

good answers to questions about "the nature of humanity"

What are the answers?

appeal to nature fallacy

most decent anarchists I know have unmade the nature-human false dichotomy and so doing aren't even able to make this move
none of them think that something is good just because it is 'natural'

either it works and we do not need to care about anything anymore forever. Either it doesn't and we get wiped, and don't need to care about anything anymore forever.

what kind of a world are you looking for where you have nothing of value? there is nothing anarchist about this

assymmetrical conflicts: the revolutionnary individual has much more power and impact.


transhumanism deals with very complicated systems, and the bigger the system, the bigger the potential (for best or worse)

For worse. Have you dealt with any of the critiques of mass society?

very often @h+s are idealists who imagine Utopias

why is this a con